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About the Author

Chuck Smith was the founder of the Calvary Chapel Movement, and taught the Bible for more than sixty years. He authored over fifty books and today his Bible studies can be heard on the worldwide radio program, The Word For Today.
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  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: The Word for Today (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936728469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936728469
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write this as a twenty plus year member of Calvary Chapel who was Arminian (but didn't know it), but then came to believe in the doctrines of grace (Calvinism). Just to give some perspective on my viewpoint.

This book is really just a booklet that is only seven pages in PDF format, so do not expect a regular sized book.

In part 1, Chuck Smith outlines the history of Calvary Chapel and states his desire not to divide the body of Christ. Plus one for Pastor Chuck. Calvary Chapel has always taken pride in being balanced to avoid being divisive regarding difficult issues. That is usually a good thing.

Part 2 is very brief outline of the positions of each side in the debate between Calvinism and Arminianism. This part is without commentary and is basically academic.

Part 3 is Pastor Chuck's evaluation regarding the issue, going through each point using the Calvinist acronym of TULIP. While the introduction states that Calvary Chapel does not take a stance regarding difficult issues such as this, Pastor Chuck actually goes on to take a position on the issue.

Regarding the five points that are disputed between Calvinism and Arminianism, Pastor Smith explicitly takes the side of Arminianism in three of the five points regarding election, the atonement and the resistablity of grace. Regarding total depravity, Pastor Smith at first seems to side with the Calvinist position, but closer scrutiny of his position on the other points reveals that he also sides with Arminianism as well. Regarding, eternal security, no position is taken. In this booklet, 4/5 for Arminianism.

In sermons I have heard of Pastor Smith's, it is apparent that he does not all embrace eternal security in the Calvinistic sense.
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Great book if you want a clear, easy to read, book, that gives you a balanced overview of both sides of this highly debated topic.
I have recommended this book to those individuals that want a basic understanding of the views embraced by both sides of this topic.
16 pages.
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Good read for anyone who wants to know the opposing arguments of Calvinism vs. Arminianism. If you are struggling with both of these different schools of thought read this book for a perfect balance.
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Smith continued his trend of having a balanced approached that is biblical based, rather than church history/culture based.
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Clear and concise explanation based on God's word
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First, about this booklet. Chuck Smith wants to avoid this controversy and take some kind of middle position. But at the end of the booklet he profoundly shows that he is an Arminian, which is heresy. If you listen to Chuck's audio messages, he will defend God's choice in salvation! But then, at other times, he denies predestination unto salvation (see youtube's video where Chuck speaks on Calvinism). Chuck takes the "foreseen faith" position which is indefensible Scripturally. Man is at God's mercy for salvation...even to believe the Gospel requires first God's action upon a sinner before he can hear, repent and believe (See Ezekiel 37).
The bottom line is that this little booklet only is good for those who want to know Chuck's own view.
Christ died for His elect. Only. God chooses in salvation, according to His will, not ours. If it was not for God's election and regeneration, NOBODY would be saved. The most hated of all Biblical doctrines is NOT the deity of Christ, it is predestination unto salvation, and God's mercy and grace alone (not faith--which is a gift of God to His elect). You want persecution? Defend these doctrines!
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